What’s on Norman’s Watchlist? An amazing firsthand account of the author’s childhood living in Toronto during the depression. Montgomery said, “A writer must have higher education — it is imperative that you go to University. The storytelling and writing style engaged me from the start. The photographs of people and places and things and events from the time, including some of the author when young, really added to my pleasure of reading the story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. Worst of all, she knew that Christmas would be a time of empty stockings instead of presents under the tree, a time of mashed potatoes and turnips in Booky didn’t know much about the reasons for the Great Depression. I expect this will be my favorite of the three books. A must for anyone who lives or grew up in Toronto. They lived in Birchcliff and Swansea. That Scatterbrain Booky is simply wonderful, and much of the wonder, the pleasure even if it is sometimes also painful and sad comes from the fact that the novel just like the rest of the trilogy strives to be realistic, often even brutally realistic, presenting a real and utterly believable mirror of what life was often like during the Great Depression, especially for working-class families like the Thomsons not being able to pay the rent, being dependent on social welfare, not having enough food for the family, actually arguing about and debating wether it might not be better to put an expected baby up for adoption.

It was really neat to read about what Toronto was like during the Depression. She was in constant demand as a guest speaker in schools and libraries across Canada and her daughter, Heather Hunter, now goes in her stead. From those who let themselves get really down-and-out, to those like Booky’s family determined to keep some scatterrbain of pride in the face of adversity, to the upper-classes who would sometimes be so generous to their less fortunate neighbors, even if it was a bit of embarrassment booku both for it to take place.

However, because of the rather heavy themes the poverty, the family arguments, and especially the fact that there are instances of physical abuse as well as physical discipline described in the novel[b: She was interested in writing since early childhood and would often have a captive audience of school chums lined up seris the curb to listen to her stories.


Ontario, Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her interest in writing started during her childhood.

May 29age 79 in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The family has a lot of struggles but they always make it through somehow.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Also, her interest to become a writer seems to be one out of many professions she became excited over, as young children do! Even during the worst fights, even when bioky father actually strikes the mother, there is at least for me a sense that thah family really and truly loves one another, that while there are problems and aspects of dysfunction, these are mostly the result of the terrible living conditions and the fact that the father feels ashamed of being out of work and thus a bpoky to society this in no way excuses the fact that he hit his wife, but it does put the fights, the anger, the arguments somewhat in perspective.

As a new bride, she lived on Gladstone Avenue in Toronto. If Uncle Charlie sends his baby girl “back,” because he wants a son instead, where would she go back to? A great story about Toronto during the Depression, as Booky’s family struggles to stay together during a time that strains their love to the limit – but Booky’s spunky nature refuses to be crushed by any adversity.

November 3in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Died: It was like a history lesson, but bbooky more interesting. Account Options Sign in. And a new baby is on the way.

Indeed, Booky’s grandfather’s family was one of the first to settle the Swansea area. And it is refreshing that [a: While a few instances of the fighting is hard to read about in one, and only one, case, the father strikes the motherit was also impossible bookg judge them too harshly–the strain on them must have scatgerbrain incredible and I’m sure that even the most loving of couples would not weather such difficult times without some stormy rows.


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A must for anyone who lives or grew up in Toronto. I read it thanks to the recommendation of a friend Gundula, you rock! Booky is a engaging narrator, with a distinctive and distinctly amusing voice all her own, and watching events unfold through her eyes is both hilarious and poignant thzt often all at once.

It absolutely fascinates me. There is pretty and intelligent Willa, fifteen years old, the star of the family who earns prizes in school. My father talked about the Great Depression some when I was young. All she scztterbrain was that she was hungry all the time, that her parents fought constantly, that the bailiff would soon return to evict her family from their home.

For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. Tales of a girl growing up in Depression era Toronto. He’s best known for killing zombies, but Norman Reedus is more into sketch comedy than action when he’s off-set.

In its depiction of everyday life during historical times, it reminds me of Anne of Green Gables. To Mum serues Dad who loved me.

The fateful words stayed buried in her heart for many years. They fail to capture the spirit of the books and are a lazy adaptation of the stories. Become a LibraryThing Author. A Trilogy by Bernice Thurman Hunter. Her husband was transferred to Peterborough, so they moved to Millbrook when her children were young.

She seems to have had dyscalculia long before that was even beginning to have a I enjoyed this book for its honest depiction of the trials of family life during the depression. And Booky is an absolutely adorable and wonderful narrator. Booky is incredibly endearing, and you really root for the family to make it through the Great Depression. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jan 31, Kimberly O’Meara rated it it was amazing.